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FIFPro attended the third Didier Drogba Foundation Charity Ball. On Saturday March 10th representatives of FIFPro were among many guests from professional football and showbiz at this year’s edition of this charity event, which aims to raise funds in order to build a hospital in Abidjan, in Drogba’s homeland Ivory Coast.


FIFPro secretary general Theo van Seggelen headed a five-men FIFPro delegation. Also present were Bobby Barnes (board member), Tony Higgins (spokesman corporate social responsibility), Stéphane Burchkalter (secretary general FIFPro Division Africa) and Stéphane Saint-Raymond (head of communication FIFPro Division Africa).


‘It was a tremendous evening in London’, said Bobby Barnes, also deputy chief executive of PFA England. ‘All FIFPro representatives enjoyed the charity ball.’


‘It was good to support Didier Drogba and his foundation, as he is the honorary president of FIFPro Division Africa. FIFPro made a contribution for the Didier Drogba Foundation, by buying our table, which cost a substantial amount.’


The Didier Drogba Foundation was created in 2007. It aims to provide financial and material support in both health and education to the African people. With the proceeds of Saturday’s auction and charity ball, the Didier Drogba Foundation hopes to top the 1 million pound mark raised since the first charity ball in 2009.


Didier Drogba welcomed many professional footballers at the Charity Ball, among others Chelsea players Ashley Cole, Salomon Kalou, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech, Florent Malouda, Michael Essien and Branislav Ivanovic, as well as colleagues William Gallas, Shaun Wright Phillips, Bacary Sagna, Djibril Cissé and Carlton Cole.